Michelin North America has been busy at this week's Mid-America
Trucking Show, launching a new fuel efficient trailer tire and extending its precure retread stock offering.
New is the Michelin X Line Energy T, a dual trailer radial for line haul fleets. The tire has been submitted to the EPA for SmartWay verification, MNA said, and will be available to fleets in May.
MNA said that the Michelin X Line Energy T was "engineered with Advanced Technology Compounds that provide a cool running tread rubber which minimizes internal casing temperatures for low rolling resistance and extended casing life," and that compared to the Michelin XT-1, the new tire "will deliver a 10% reduction in rolling resistance bringing improved fuel efficiency."
The tire will replace both the Michelin XTA Energy and XT-1.
The Michelin X Line Energy T has a special curb guard feature to protect the sidewall and shoulder areas for casing life and retreadability, a rectangular bead bundle for heat and fatigue protection, four circumferential grooves for water evacuation, traction and handling, and a shoulder groove to combat irregular wear.
The new tire will be available in four sizes including: 11R22.5, 275/80R22.5, 11R24.5, and 275/80R24.5.
On the retread side, the new Michelin X Line Energy D precure tread has secured SmartWay verification, and is a drive axle tread for line haul fleets. MNA is backing the new precure tread with a “a guarantee of 25% more mileage versus other SmartWay verified drive retreads.”
The Michelin X Line Energy D precure tread features Michelin’s Dual Compound Tread for fuel efficiency and tread life, and a 21/32nds tread depth. “The top layer of tread rubber delivers enhanced wear resistance while the bottom layer incorporates a cool running tread rubber which minimizes internal casing temperatures for low rolling resistance and extended casing life,” MNA said.
It is also Michelin’s first line haul drive retread to employ its Matrix Siping Technology, with zigzag, grooved sipes walls “providing biting edges with interlocking action that deliver improved traction and even wear. The full-depth, teardrop siping feature extends late life traction and improves tear resistance.”